Tuesday, September 28, 2010

First Project On My "New To Me" Glimakra

In a previous post I wrote about my Adventures in Overshot. In that post I mentioned Helene Bress whose coverlet books were so helpful to me. Helene will be our guest speaker at tomorrow's guild meeting. I am so looking forward to it.

The project was still on my Loomcraft and I decided to cut the warp off the loom and move it over to the "new to me" Glimakra. Boy was that an exercise. I recreated the cross on the Loomcraft then created a warp chain. I attached the trapeze to the Glimakra and weighted the warp.
The rattle was attached to the back beam.The cross was pulled forward and tied it to the loom frame.The harnesses were hung and the heddles threaded.The reed was sleyed. The warp was attached to the front beam. The countermarch unit is installed, the cords are in place and the treadles are all tied up.

I used the method described in a white paper by Madelyn Van Der Hoogt called Everything You've Ever Wanted To Know About Tying Up Your Countermarch Loom.
The method I used is definitely not in the Swedish method. Next time I plan to dress the loom the Swedish way.

Here she is all finished. The pattern is best known by the name of "Pine Bloom" (an old Appalachian draft). The warp is 10/2 unmercerized cotton, the weft is 20/2 unmercerized cotton and the pattern weft is 5/2 mercerized cotton. I have enough warp to weave another one.

The Glimakra is an absolute dream to weave on.


Pru said...

Stunning as usual, Terri, I predict that in 175 years your Pine Bloom will be featured in the latest episode of The Antiques Roadshow as an example of perfect weaving technique from the early 21st century. Did Nadine tell you we were in the same class at KDO last weekend?

weaveblah said...

Beautiful weaving, Terri.
I'm gobsmacked. We each received our 'new' second-hand GlimÄkra looms about the same time. But, while yours has undergone an amazing transformation, mine is sitting, still, in pieces, on a table! I had better get started, instead of mastering the art of procrastination. Regards.